Mary Wells Motown Legends
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- Released: March 14, 1995
- Originally Released: 1996
- Label: MCA Special Products
- 1.You Beat Me To The Punch
- 2.Two Lovers
- 3.My Guy
- 4.In Only Have Eyes For You
- 5.I'll Still Be Around
- 6.He's The One I Love
- 8.Laughing Boy
- 9.Guess Who
- 10.How? When My Heart Belongs To You
- 11.Everybody Needs Love
This is part of ESX Entertainment's Motown Legends series.
Personnel: Mary Wells (vocals).
The Mary Wells edition of the MOTOWN LEGENDS series contains some of the singer's biggest hits, including the smoothly grooving "You Beat Me to the Punch," the shy-and-sexy "Two Lovers," and "My Guy," Wells's signature song. It is interesting to note that Smokey Robinson penned each of these three songs and four other tunes on this 11-track compilation. Wells's music also benefited greatly from Robinson's production, and her vocal style, perhaps not coincidentally, recalls Robinson's in its high, breathy embellishments.
Wells's sound embodied the Motown aesthetic--smooth soul-pop that married R&B traditions with pop hooks and a high-gloss production that ensured commercial success. And tunes like "Operator" and "Everybody Needs Love," in their instrumentation and overall execution, in addition to representing classic Motown, are little pop gems. Wells's place in the Motown story is sometimes overlooked, but this collection reminds listeners that such an oversight is a mistake.
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